March 2, 2022
MAWSS reports on two Sanitary Sewer Overflows
MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows over the weekend.
On February 26, MAWSS responded to an overflow at 900 McCay Avenue. Approximately 360 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a heavy grease blockage and debris in a sewer main line. MAWSS crews took quick action and reclaimed 260 gallons of the wastewater, while 100 gallons entered Milkhouse Creek. MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and steps are being taken to prevent future overflows at this location.
Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.
Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.
Area residents should take precautions when using Milkhouse Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.
On February 27, MAWSS responded to an overflow at 3700 Lynndell Drive. Approximately 30 gallons of wastewater overflowed as a result of a break on a low-pressure force main. All of the wastewater was contained and did not reach state waters. MAWSS crews have taken the necessary steps to prevent future overflows at this location.